By Kevin Williams
Wow, I've definitely become an Aldi fan after being Aldi indifferent (SIGH, no, this is not a paid post, I wish it were). We've been going there rather regularly now. It saves money, but it's also fun. That's a combination that doesn't often go together. Each trip there is like a treasure hunt. The only drawback is sometimes you find something one week and it's gone the next, but that unpredictability kind of makes it fun. And some products are, in my opinion, simply better. Dang, that mayonnaise they have is REALLY good. Berman's is the label it is sold under and, in my opinion, it has a bit more bite than Hellman's. Which is a good thing. The mayo is tangier which adds an extra zip to sandwiches. Now when I try Hellman's I just find it bland.
They have a brand of wine that I've taken to enjoying. The brand is "Winking Owl" and at $3.99 a bottle, what is there not to like? Here's a review a sommelier more knowledgeable than I wrote. I just know I like it. Pleasantly surprised with the selection of organics that they have at Aldi and after suffering through a winter of dry, rather tasteless "cuties" (my favorite citrus fruit of choice), Aldi has plenty of them and they are juicy and just they way I like them.
Even the quarter deposit to get a cart,which I used to find annoying, I now find endearing. Aster loves putting the quarter in and going back to return the cart for the quarter, which turns the trip into even more fun. And no dings on your car from runaway carts! And the quarters bring out a friendly streak in people, as total strangers happily pass along their quarters from one person to the next.